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The Wheel of Time tv series

The Wheel of Time tv series
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Hello Wottareaders! A not long time ago I wrote about The Lord of the rings tv series produced by Amazon,  another fantasy series is being produced by Amazon Studios: The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. In this post, I will collect and update regularly all the info regarding The Wheel of Time tv series. This show is one of the strongest contenders to become the heir of Game of Thrones, will this tv show fill the void? let’s see.

What will The Wheel of Time tv series be about

This adventure fantasy tv series is based on Robert’s Jordan bestselling fantasy book series of the same name, the author sadly passed away due to a heart disease leaving the series incomplete. However, Brandon Sanderson (notorious writer and fan of TWOT series) concluded this saga in 2013 using the notes Robert Jordan prepared so another writer could complete his work.

The first season will be based on the first book of the series, The Eye of the World, this is a 14  volume saga (15 with the prequel volume, New Spring)  so there is a lot of material to adapt in the tv series. Also, the runtime of the episodes will be 60 minutes.

In this epic story, we will know about Moiraine, member of the Aes Sedai, searching for the Dragon Reborn. This is a world with magic, here casting spells being called channeling.

Production

This upcoming web television series will premiere on Amazon Prime Video, an Internet video on demand service owned by Amazon.  This epic fantasy adaptation is being produced by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television.

The Wheel of Time filming location

The Wheel of Time production will start in September 2019 and it will be set on Prague as you can check on Productionweekly. The Czech Republic, located in Central Europe bordering Germany and Austria, has great filming locations that would fit perfectly with the medieval tone this book series has. Some examples of fitting locations would be the gothic style of the  Karlstein castle  (or Karlštejn Castle) located at the southwest of Prague or the gothic cathedral in Pilsen.

Since this series is still on production no official trailers have been released yet.  You will only fake or fan-made trailers on youtube and other video websites.

However, Rafe Judkins provided the names of some of the episodes. You can check a list of the episodes here.

Series cast

The casting of this series still remains as a secret. However, Rafe Judkins (check his IMDB here) is confirmed to be the head writer along as an executive producer and showrunner. You might already know his name if you are a fan of Agents of Shield since he is the supervising producer of that series. Rafe Judkins is an active Twitter user, in which he shares a lot of info about TWOT series such as snippets of the script or the names of some of the first season chapters.

He also shared this image, in which he sits with Brandon Sanderson so he could get his vision of The Wheel of Time. It’s always great to know that the writers are involved in the movie adaptations reading the scripts and giving feedback.  Sanderson stated he had read the first screenplay of The Wheel of Time tv adaptation and that it was really good.  Sometimes even with authors being involved the adaptations are not as similar to the original work as they should (just take a look at Ready Player One to prove this). Or also, remember what happened to Percy Jackson movies, even though the author warned the producers several times…

Wheel of time tv series release date

Since the tv series will not start filming until September 2019 The Wheel of time tv series is expected to come out in late 2020. The debut date is not yet confirmed.

News about Amazon The Wheel of Time adaptation

Brandon Sanderson, the author who completed The Wheel of Time, provided some info about this adaptation on Reddit. As you may know, Sanderson posts on Reddit using the nickname of Mistborn, honoring one of his most known works with the same name, you probably knew this already since Sanderson also posted on Reddit that he would not finish Game of Thrones in case George R.R Martin didn’t.

Here are some excerpts of what he said about this project:

“I found the mast majority of these decisions to be excellent choices–things that will give the show its own soul, but still in line with the feel and tone of the books. I can’t say for certain, but my instincts say the fanbase will in general respond to them positively. There are a few I offered suggestions on, and we’ll see.”

“I’m certain there will be polarizing decisions made by the team, but the changes are coming from a good place, and I really like most of them. And let me tell you, the first of the two scripts I read was sharp. Excellent dialogue, nuanced characters, great pacing. The second of the two was in a rougher shape, so while still good, obviously was still undergoing revisions.”

You can read the entire post here. Looks like Brandon Sanderson is satisfied enough with the direction the project is going, a good sign!

Stay tuned for more news about this upcoming tv series!

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